Towering Toward Restoring U.S. Manned Spaceflight

Posted September 9, 2015 at 8:12am

America has traveled to space for more than half a century and now we’re bringing manned spaceflight back home. The new era in human spaceflight will take shape climbing upward in the Cape Canaveral skyline with construction of the Boeing Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft crew access tower. Crews are building a seven-tiered metal latticework structure at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center complex. The taller than 200 foot tower will take astronauts to the top of an Atlas V rocket equipped with Boeing’s (CST)-100 Starliner.  

The (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to provide a safe, effective and cost efficient way to transport crew to and from the International Space Station. (CST)-100 Starliner will launch in 2017, restoring U.S. human launch capability.  

Check out this video to learn more about the Crew Access Tower and how it plays a part in bringing spaceflight home.  

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